A SCARBOROUGH man has been handed a restraining order forbidding him from contacting his wife after he admitted assaulting her.
David Rose, 52, of Whin Bank, told the woman he would “punch her face in” before she was injured in the confrontation on May 28.
Rose had initially denied assault but changed his plea to guilty on the day that his trial was due to begin.
Steve Ovenden, prosecuting, said that Rose previously had no criminal record, although police had been called out twice, in 2004 and 2005, following incidents involving the couple.
Describing the incident, Mr Ovenden said: “The victim returned from work and the defendant was in drink. An argument developed and he became abusive and aggressive.”
Mr Ovenden accepted that a punch had not been thrown, but that an injury had been caused to the woman’s right ear.
Ian Brickman, mitigating, said: “It was a dispute over money. He did lose his temper. Happily injuries were minimal.
“It was an unpleasant incident. It has been the catalyst for the final straw in the relationship. The marriage is at an end and he lives away from the matrimonial home.”
Mr Brickman added that his client had been cooperative in the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
Rose was sentenced to a community order, with the conditions that he undergoes supervision for 24 months and completes an integrated domestic abuse programme.
The restraining order, which will last for three years, means Rose is forbidden from contacting his wife, causing her harassment, alarm or distress or going to her home address.
He will also pay £145 court costs and £50 to his victim in compensation.